Ferrari test driver Marc Gene believes Red Bull will maintain their tight grip on the world championship titles in 2014 despite the huge change in regulations.
Last month Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo told CNN that his team were looking forward to the new engines and mechanical changes in 2014 because "we are not building aeroplanes or satellites, we're building cars."
He added: "Engine, gearbox, suspensions: these are also crucial, particularly for us."
Despite the change to V6 engines and the changes in aerodynamics, Gene believes enough rules are remaining stable for Red Bull to continue their run of success.
"There will always be continuity," Gene told the Spanish sports newspaper AS. "The cars will still be F1 cars, and many parts of the car will be the same.
"The engine, gearbox, KERS, turbo... the rear (of the car) is all brand new. The aerodynamics will be different," he added, "but there will be follow-on parts (from 2013) too.
"The team that wins the championship the year before always starts with an advantage, but maybe with less benefit (for 2014) than if there had been the same rules," said Gene.
Much like the last time the rules radically changed back in 2009 the length of time spent developing the 2014 machines could have a major part to play in the initial order at the start of next season, this is how Red Bull and the former Honda team, which became Brawn GP, made it's move up four years ago.
In that respect it is understood Mercedes have been working on their 2014 cars longer than most with even Red Bull continuing development of the RB9 until the titles were clinched in India, however Gene is not so Mercedes, who are already tipped to have the best V6 engine, will also have the best car.
"I don't think so," said Gene, "as they have been fighting for the constructors' championship with us right until the end.
"Red Bull has also been developing its car until very recently," he added. "I don't know if anyone will have a big advantage because of this."
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